Team Formation

Anyone in the Hawaiʻi community can participate in Hacking 4 Recovery – including existing businesses, entrepreneurs, Hawaiʻi-based college and high school students.

Yes, teams can apply with any type of problem or concept to explore, including Health, Natural Sciences, Agriculture, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Disaster Management and Resilience, Travel and Hospitality, Food Service, Entertainment, Education, Small Business Recovery and more.  No cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, gambling or gun-related startup ideas accepted. 

There have been exceptions where teams had 3 or 5 team members, however we recommend that you assemble a team of 4 team members. If you face any issues finding a team to join or team members for your team, please contact us at h4r@hawaii.edu.

No.  Anyone in the Hawaiʻi community can participate in Hacking 4 Recovery – including existing businesses, entrepreneurs, Hawaiʻi-based college and high school students.

We will strive to accept all teams on a rolling admissions basis, subject to availability, so please apply early.  The application process will be covered in more detail at the scheduled information sessions and team formation mixers. Please attend these events for advice on how to form a team and join the bootcamp.

If you apply as an individual, there will be ample opportunity for you to meet other individual applicants at online info sessions/mixers. We strongly recommend that you find other team members during these events, and individuals who cannot find a team to join will be assigned to a team at the start of bootcamp.

Make sure to sign up for information sessions/mixers. We’ll help you find a team.

Intellectual Property

If you’re working with a University of Hawaiʻi related-technology (i.e. either research from one of the team members or University IP), please check with the Office of Technology Transfer to understand ownership rights in any resulting IP.

  1. You own what Intellectual Property (patents, hardware, algorithms, etc.) you brought to the bootcamp with you. No one has claim to anything you brought to H4R.
  2. You all own any intellectual property developed for H4R (such as code for a web-based project) developed during the bootcamp. You are agreeing to open-source your developed assets.
  3. You and your team members need to disclose to each other what IP/licensing rights any company you’ve worked at (or may be currently working at) have regarding inventions you bring to make at bootcamp.
  4. If any of you decide to start a company based on H4R, you own only what was written and completed in the bootcamp. You have no claim for work done before or after H4R.
  5. If part of the team decides to start a company they do NOT “owe” anything to any other team member for work done in and during H4R. All team members are free to start the same company, without permission of the others. (We hope that a modicum of common sense and fairness would apply.)
  6. By participating in this bootcamp you have agreed to these terms with your team. You may decide to modify these terms before H4R by having all team members agree in writing before the team is accepted in the bootcamp.

This is more than likely not the right program for you. Your team owns everything done in H4R. Discuss intellectual property rights with your team from the beginning. If you can’t come to agreement with the team members, you can join another team, pick another project, or end your participation in the bootcamp. Remember anything you do and learn in H4R is public. 

If you plan to pursue your idea after H4R, we suggest using a made up or alternate company name during the bootcamp in order to avoid your work showing up later during online searches.

NO. This is an open bootcamp. There are no non-disclosures. All your presentations and Customer Discovery and Validation notes, business model canvas, blogs and slides can, and most likely will, be made public. Keep in mind that successful companies are less about the original idea and more about the learning, discovery and execution. (That’s the purpose of this bootcamp.) Therefore you must be prepared to share your ideas openly with the participants. It is a forum for you to “bounce” your ideas off your peers. 

Don’t take this bootcamp. This is not an incubator. At times you will learn by seeing how previous teams solved the same problem by looking at their slides, notes and blogs.

Your slides, notes and findings will be publicly shared (see examples from previous classes).

If you are still concerned about your Intellectual Property, please email us at h4r@hawaii.edu and we’ll help you make a decision.

Resources Available

The teaching team consists of professors, experienced business professionals, and multiple advisors. Your team may be assigned a mentor who has volunteered to help with the bootcamp and your team because they love hard problems, love startups and appreciate the importance of addressing the recovery. Their job is to guide your team as you “get out of the building.”

Please email us at h4r@hawaii.edu.

By all means, do so. Good entrepreneurs seek all the help they can get. Look around to find mentors familiar with the lean launchpad business model canvas and subject matter experts in your field of interest and ask if they’ll spend some time with you and/or your team.

Team Dynamics

Traditionally, each team member is part of the “customer development team.” You have to figure out how to allocate the work. 

Prepare to work through difficult issues. If the situation continues, please contact the teaching team. Do not wait until the end of the bootcamp to raise the issue.